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Vancouver Whitecaps 4 - Portland Timbers 0


Sunday, July 15, 2001
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, BC (attendance: 4,062)

The Whitecaps brushed aside concerns that they might be fatigued after a tough road loss in El Paso, by turning in one of the best performances in club history. The emphatic 4-0 win moves Vancouver into second place in the Western Conference, just one point back of first place Portland. The Timbers looked anything but like a first-place team however, as Vancouver was superior in every facet. Only the stellar goalkeeping of Matt Napolean kept the scoreline semi-respectable for the Timbers who fell to their worst ever defeat. Among Napolean's best saves were stops off a 29th minute Darren Tilley penalty kick, a point blank blast by Jason Jordan, and breakaways by Jordan and Tilley. Steve Kindel netted the winner in the first half, as Vancouver picked up their biggest win of the season, on a waterlogged pitch.

Rookie goalkeeper Steve London, on loan for this one game from the Okanagan Predators of the PDL, picked up the shutout in his first professional game. His best save came in the 73rd minute as he reacted brilliantly to push wide a 15-yard blast from Mark Baena. Regular keeper Didar Sandhu was bothered by a groin injury, and the in-form and game-sharp London was chosen over untested back-up Alex Marques.

On another note, Dave Morris left the game early with an injured ankle, but it does not appear to be as serious as first thought.

Vancouver improves to 8W-5L-1T, earning the maximum five points to give them 36 on the season. Milwaukee, 4-0 losers Sunday at home to Atlanta, are in third place with 35 points, while Vancouver's next opponent, San Diego, are fourth with 33. Portland fall to 8-4-2 and 37 points.

Vancouver's next game is Sunday July 22 when they host the San Diego Flash FC, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Swangard Stadium.

Whitecaps Line-Up:
G: Steve London
D: Geordie Lyall, Chris Franks, Steve McCauley
M: Dave Morris (Oliver Heald 14'), Rick Titus, Steve Kindel, Kevin Holness, Jeff Skinner (John Sulentic 82')
F: Jason Jordan (Terry St Louis 86'), Darren Tilley

Scoring Summary

16' Vanc Steve Kindel
Defender Gavin Wilkinson mis-kicked a clearance and Kindel buried it for his third.

42' Vanc Jason Jordan (Rick Titus)
Snakebitten Jordan finally nets a goal, scrambling the ball in from in close.

56' Vanc Oliver Heald (PK)
Heald converted a penalty after Jason Jordan was taken down by Brent Sancho

88' Vanc John Sulentic (Terry St Louis)
Sulentic picked the corner from 12 yards for his first of the season

Team       Shots   Keepers        Saves GA
Vancouver  12      Steve London   5     0
Portland   6       Matt Napoleon  6     4

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Alan Douglas, Soccer Information
Vancouver Whitecaps and Breakers Soccer Clubs

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